Kwame Dawes Appointed Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets

Congratulations to Kwame Dawes who was one of three new Chancellors recently appointed to the Academy of American Poets.  Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica. He is the co-founder of the Calabash International Literary Festival.The other Chancellors are Marilyn Chin and Marie Howe. The Chancellors will serve a six-year term.

Here are more details from the Academy's website on these interesting poets and their new role.


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like.....

Dear readers,

Where did the year go? I know like me you can't believe that Christmas and 2018 are almost here! I want to take time out to thank you for your continued readership of the blog. So many of you took time out to reach out with comments, provide information on poets I was not aware of, and upcoming writing workshops.

Some of you commented on poems that brought back pleasant childhood memories. Caribbean poetry is beautiful, and new and talented poets are adding their voices to that of our more well-known writers.The popularity of Caribbean poetry is evident in the over 200,000 page views that this blog has had over the last 7 years from many countries.

In 2018, I hope to continue the book give-aways from previous years. I also would like to have quarterly guest posts for which I am hoping to be able to pay a small honorarium, so please stay tuned.

Have a Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2018!

Poetically yours.


The Drawing Room Project - A Poetry Workshop

The fourth retreat of the Drawing Room Project, a poetry workshop, is scheduled for November 10-13, 2017 in Good Hope, Trelawny, Jamaica. Olive Senior will facilitate the workshop.

Based on their experiences at the Calabash Festival, poets Millicent Graham and Joni Jackson co-founded the Drawing Room Project and the first retreat was held in 2008.

Here is a link to more details in the Jamaica Gleaner:


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